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Many businesses are learning the costly lessons of not being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the wake of COVID-19, The National Law Review estimates a 75% increase in ADA accessibility lawsuits from 2018 to 2021. And the case numbers are rising rapidly. However, what makes these lawsuits costly isn’t what you might think, and it is avoidable.

You see, millions of Americans depend on access to goods, services, and information via digital platforms; this includes people with disabilities. Imagine the frustration of having the law on your side but having doors closed and locked repeatedly. …

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Giving People with Disabilities a Voice at the Table

Currently, the number one underserved demographic in the United States are Americans with disabilities. The equity gap is vast, and there is little oversight of the current disability laws in both the private and public sectors, without lawsuits and complaints filed. The Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights only steps in if an individual makes a complaint, which can be a barrier to resolution.

Luckily, the president issued a broad executive order that focuses on underserved communities. Americans with disabilities are part of the underserved community regarding policies, accessing services, removing barriers, and achieving equality. …

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Well, summer is nearly upon us. With the close of the school year, refreshing swims and warm summer nights are all within reach. What better way for your child to create a memorable summer than attending a summer camp? They can be beneficial for any child and are great for social development, memory-making, and creating lifelong friends. Finding the perfect summer camp/program for your child can be a difficult task; and that’s true for any parent. Even though many options are inactive due to the pandemic, there are still some fantastic programs and camps that are in full swing. …

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Think about what independence means to you. Are you thinking of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Well, visual independence (VI) is all of those things for people who have a visual disability. Did you know, being able to live independently for many people depends on businesses following the laws? Laws really do serve a greater purpose.

Think about independence in your life. A lot of your ability to self-manage depends on being able to read. You read bills, statements, medical records, insurance documents, tax papers, loan terms, and more. As a result, you can make decisions based on…

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On January 3rd, 2021, a bipartisan bill, The Online Accessibility Act (H.B. 8478), failed to pass. If you haven’t been following the bill, here is a quick recap. The purpose was to clear up perceived digital compliance “grey areas” of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while protecting the rights of people with disabilities and reducing the surge in related ADA lawsuits.

Why Did The Online Accessibility Act Fail?

The Online Accessibility Act failed because it limited the civil rights of people with disabilities. Equality, for all, is something lawmakers need to consider when proposing legislative initiatives.

The bill didn’t fail wholly on civil rights; it failed…

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There is a lot of talk about ADA compliance in e-commerce and digital platforms. The flurry of lawsuits against major websites like Winn Dixie, Domino’s, and even Beyoncé over the lack of digital compliance is unnerving for many. This topic has certainly left many people confused. In fact, there is still confusion over what ADA compliance is and who needs to be compliant. So, in the world of digital and e-commerce platforms, what does ADA compliance mean?

A look at the ADA

ADA is the acronym for The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The purpose of the law is to strengthen the civil rights…

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There seems to be a lot of confusion around the difference between Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Some people even view these terms as interchangeable. But, those people would be mistaken. Section 508 and WCAG are, in fact, quite different.

Since there is so much confusion, we decided to carve out some time in our day to help clarify the differences.

Section 508 Breakdown

In 1986, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 received an update and Section 508 became federal law. (Take note — the “law” part is important here.) You see, technology was booming and, with such rapid advances, people…

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Out-of-the-Box Volunteer Ideas

The COVID-19 pandemic has people limiting their exposure as much as possible. So, it is no surprise that people are not volunteering as much as they were a year ago. Unfortunately, this lack of volunteers has taken a toll on organizations that provide free services to their community. It is especially affecting people who are blind and visually impaired. Luckily, there are organizations making it easy to volunteer remotely. Let’s check out two of the most popular volunteering services that help the visually impaired community: Be My Eyes and VolunteerMatch.

What is Be My Eyes?

Be My Eyes is a service that connects people who…

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Many businesses struggled through 2020, with the hope of the new year bringing a fresh start. As the year came to a close, it was clear that the fresh start will take an active change for businesses to survive.

Consumer Changes in Less Than a Year

Twenty-twenty started somewhat as expected in the United States, but by March, commerce as we knew it halted. E-commerce took off, adjusting how Americans shop, dine out, and conduct business; many consumers are not looking back.

Amazon and DoorDash were already booming before the pandemic. But, many consumers still wanted to shop locally for products and dine out. …

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Universal Design in Voter’s Rights and Reform

The world watched and tried to understand the complexity of the 2020 United States of America election process. This past election caused many Americans and national leaders to consider the need for more uniform federal election standards. Certainly, a proper universal design approach to voter’s rights reform can ensure all peoples’ votes are accurate and legal.

Before we dive in too deep, it is crucial to understand that states and municipalities govern based on their state constitution. States have this autonomy, according to the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution. …

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